Yulee Railroad Days
By Gavin Johnson, WCJB TV20 News
It started in the town of Archer 13-years ago and today it stretches for more than 150-miles. Thousands of floridians celebrate Yulee Railroad Days. But rainy weather caused by tropical storm barry, forced festival organizers to move the festival to today.
People in Archer say the festival is a time to embrace one of their own. David Lee Yulee was the first jewish man to serve in the U.S. Congress. He was the driving force behind the Florida railroad, the state's first trans-state rail-line. By building railroads in North Central Florida, towns like Gainesville, Bronson, and Archer were established.
The festival in Archer usually gets at least 3-thousand dollars from donations, which all goes towards the railroad museum. Organizers say this is the second year in a row they've had to move the festival to Sunday because of rain. So next year they plan on extending it to two days.
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